Dr K Gireesh Kumar, Dr Shalini Menon, Dopometer
Kalamassery: Though we cannot fully express the emotions like happiness, now it can be measured using a device. Dr Shalini Menon, researcher of Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT), developed the machine to measure happiness.
Chemicals like Dopamine produced by the nerve cells determine the human emotions like happiness. Dr Shalini Menon invented a device called Dopameter to measure the quantity of Dopamine. This will help neurological treatment, Dr Shalini said.
The small device costs only Rs 4000 and it requires only one drop of blood sample. It gives the result within 2 seconds. The disposable electrode of the device can be programmed and can be used to diagnose different health conditions. Shalini has applied for patent of Dopameter.
Dr Shalini Menon developed the prototype of Dopameter sensor under the guidance of Dr K Gireesh Kumar, the dean of Science faculty in CUSAT. The Prochip Technology in Kozhikode also cooperated with the research.
Dr Shalini Menon is a CISR research associate of the Sensor Research Group in the Department of Applied Chemistry. She is also the founder of Kem Sensor, a government-approved startup.